Boya Li is a researcher in the unit Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University.
Boya is a postdoc researcher and lecturer in developmental psychology at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Leiden University. She obtained her first PhD in 2006 in linguistics from Leiden University Center for Linguistics. While doing research on the theory of Generative Grammar, she became fascinated by the development and maturation of language and child functioning in general, which motivated her to pursue a career in developmental psychology. Boya joined the Focusonemotions Lab in 2013, which is led by prof. Carolien Rieffe, with a focus on the social and emotional development of children who have limited access to social interactions. In 2019, Boya started her second PhD program, where she does longitudinal studies and follows the emotional development of toddlers and preschoolers with autism. Most recently, Boya joined the NWO Schoolyard Project as a postdoc researcher, and looks at the development of children with autism from a new perspective. Instead of nudging children with autism to change and to adapt, this project aims to bring changes to the ecological environment to make the school settings more inclusive and welcoming to children with autism.
Boya is also an enthusiastic teacher. She is co-supervising several PhD projects, gives lectures and supervises Bachelor and Master students in child and adolescent psychology. To not waste her expertise in linguistics, at her psychology-free time, Boya gives Chinese language lessons at the Academic Language Center, Leiden University.
Boya’s research focuses on emotion recognition and emotion regulation in children with autism and with hearing loss. These children all have language problems to certain extent, but their problems are beyond language impairments and extend to their social-emotional functioning.
In 2016 Boya received a KNAW grant for collaborating with Peking University, a top-rank university in China, to study emotion processing in Dutch and Chinese children with and without autism, using the eye-tracking technology.
Boya plays an active role in promoting collaboration between their research lab and research teams in China. Their Chinese collaborators include:
♣ Peking University
♣ China Rehabilitation Research Center for Hearing and Speech Impairment
♣ Capital Normal University
For more information, visit the website of the Emotional Development research lab.
Boya gives lectures and teaches workgroups on the topic of social emotional development. She also supervises Bachelor and Master students in research projects.
Supervised PhD candidates
Boya is the co-supervisor of the PhD candidate Yung-Ting Tsou in her research project on emotion understanding in Mandarin-speaking children with cochlear implants.
- Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
- Instituut Psychologie
- Ontwikkelings- & Onderwijspsychologie
- Faculty of Humanities
- Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
- ATC Vreemde Talen